How long can a turkey stay frozen?
The people in my office are planning a Holiday potluck for next week. One of my coworkers is planning to bring a turkey that he froze a year ago. Will this be safe to eat?
I cooked a turkey that I had frozen last year. (There was a 2-for special at Thanksgiving). I was originally planning on cooking it for Christmas, but we had BBQ instead. Anyway, I cooked it this Thanksgiving and it was fine. The turkey was shrink-wrapped and hadn't developed any ice crystals under the wrapping.
As long as it's vacuum packed and as Sheilal said, no ice cystals, a sign of freezer burn, it may be ok. However, you can't beat a recently-expired bird. A chance to be taken or not.
Our 20# Tday bird was picked up last year in a 10-cent a pound promo and kept frozen all year. It was salted, air dried in fridge overnight, then roasted at 325 for about 4 1/2 hours, breast up and stuffed. Turned out beatifully browned, very moist, tender and delicious. I wouldn't hesitate to do it again.